Gene Kennedy is an award-winning reporter known for his “show-and-tell” style of live reporting. Since his career launched in March 2000, Kennedy has earned awards for breaking news, general assignment and investigative journalism.

After graduating from University of Missouri, Columbia in December 1999 with a Bachelor of Journalism degree, Gene started reporting in Davenport, Iowa where he interviewed political candidates such as Howard Dean and John Kerry. Kennedy later moved to Reno for a weekend anchor/reporter position.

During his time in the ‘Biggest Little City,’ he went to Los Angeles for a special behind-the-scenes story about the cable comedy show “Reno 911” where he landed a cameo playing himself in a 2004 episode. To this day, Gene still gets emails from across the country about the appearance. In the summer of 2005, Kennedy landed in Salt Lake City and after seven years in the market, he has reported for three of the four television stations.

His exclusive interview with Craig Gregerson, who murdered Destiny Norton, is among his most significant stories. Other noteworthy coverage includes the Crandall Canyon Mine Disaster, the rescue of a couple trapped in winter conditions in Iron County, the explosion of Josh Powell’s home in Washington state and Elizabeth Smart’s marriage. When Kennedy isn’t reporting, he spends time with his wife Jenni and their son Joey.

Gene also leads a bit of a double-life. He’s an experienced musician who sings, plays guitar, bass and produces local pop music which is currently sold on iTunes and Kennedy has played Warped Tour in Salt Lake City and has shared the stage with national acts such as Neon Trees, Unwritten Law, 12 Stones & The Lemonheads.

If you’d like to send Gene a story idea, you can email him at or follow him on Twitter: @GeneKennedyNews

Recent Articles
  • Special report: Does Colo. have edge over Utah with its marijuana dispensaries?

    BRECKENRIDGE, COLO. — New Year’s Day marked a historic moment. Colorado became the first place in the world to legally allow the sale of recreational marijuana. A month later, how is it affecting tourism and does Colorado’s ski industry now have an edge since the state offers something you can’t legally get in Utah? “I am here for some marijuana,” said Ben [last name removed to protect his identity]. Ben is visiting the Breckenridge Cannabis Club, close to one of Colorado’s […]

  • Video: Bystanders jump into river to save passengers after SUV flipped into water

    SALT LAKE CITY — An SUV went airborne and crashed into the Jordan River and flipped upside down Thursday evening. It happened just after 6:30 p.m. on Indiana Avenue in the area of 800 South and 1100 West. Three teens were trapped inside and several bystanders ran into the water frantically trying to rescue them. Police say the teens, ages 16 and 17, were in a GMC truck speeding eastbound on Indiana Ave. in Salt Lake City’s west side. The […]

  • Five charged for ATV ride in Recapture Canyon

    SALT LAKE CITY — Prosecutors filed federal charges Wednesday against five men who took part in an illegal ATV ride in a San Juan county canyon May 10th. Motorized vehicles, including ATVs, were outlawed in Recapture Canyon. The Bureau of Land Management says it’s meant to preserve archeological resources but protestors believe they have a constitutional right to use their ATVs on federal public lands. More than 50 people took part in the ride four months ago but the U.S. […]

  • Family of Saratoga Springs shooting victim releases statement

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah — Nearly a week after Saratoga Springs police shot and killed a black man, the story continues to gain national attention. Darrien Hunt’s funeral is Thursday morning at an L.D.S. stake center in Saratoga Springs. A day after the shooting, Hunt’s family was vocal, calling the shooting racially motivated. Now, they’ve asked for privacy as national media attention increases and with Hunt’s funeral just two days away. Meanwhile, the New York Times is the latest of several […]

  • RSL owner promotes plan to build stadium, save the fair park

    SALT LAKE CITY — He says he’ll personally pay millions to build a new soccer stadium to help save the Utah State Fair. Wednesday afternoon, Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen presented the specifics of his plan to the fair park’s board. Hansen grew up going to the fair. “(I remember) coming to the state fair when I was in second and third grade for three hours, so I could win a blue ribbon here,” he said. Hansen wants […]

  • WVCPD lacks diversity, according to AP report

    WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — Do police racially represent the cities they serve? After the shooting in Ferguson, Mo., the Associated Press took a closer look and a Utah city is among those raising some eyebrows. West Valley City now joins Anaheim, Calif. and Providence, R.I., as cities with large Hispanic populations but relatively few Latino police officers. West Valley City Police hired 10 new officers in June but most are white, like the department, the AP reports. According to […]

  • Condition of baby found in trash improves; charge filed against mother

    KEARNS, Utah – A baby who was found in a garbage can and then taken to a hospital in critical condition last month has improved to fair condition Friday, and her mother has been formally charged with one count of attempted murder. Officers responded to a home near 5300 South and 5200 West August 26 and found the baby, who was born two days prior and had allegedly not received any food or care prior to being found in the […]

  • Engineers discuss their plan for dealing with North Salt Lake landslide

    NORTH SALT LAKE — There’s no quick fix for the North Salt Lake landslide. Residents learned Thursday night that it’ll take until the end of the year to safely mitigate part of the slide. About a dozen residents met with city officials and private engineers, who are sharing information with the Kern River Gas Company. Kern’s engineers and others have drilled into the earth to monitor movement. The good news is there’s been very little movement since the August 5 […]

  • $1M bond for Sandy man accused of rape, kidnapping, sledgehammer beating

    SANDY, Utah – A Sandy man is now being held on a $1 million bail for allegedly beating, raping and holding a woman hostage in his home. Police said the victim recently rented a room in the house at 563 Fruitwood Lane. The suspect is 60-year-old Vratislav Roger Bilek, the neighbors know him as Roger. He’s now facing more half a dozen felony charges, including object rape, aggravated assault, kidnapping and drug possession. The neighbors said they aren’t surprised after […]

  • Former FLDS Church compound torn down

    SALT LAKE CITY – A landmark with ties to Warren Jeffs and the FLDS Church is in ruins Wednesday. The former FLDS compound at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon has been torn down. Jeffs once lived at that location, and he was the principal at the Alta Academy, which was located inside the now torn-down church. Oliver is an ex-FLDS Church member who once attended Alta Academy. He said he didn’t suffer abuse there but said others did. “Seeing […]

  • RSL owner says he’ll pay to build soccer stadium at Utah State Fair Park

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Fair starts in two days and organizers are hoping for success after rainy weather last September and years of financial struggles. Now, in an effort to give the fair new life, Real Salt Lake’s owner announces he’ll personally pay to build a minor league soccer stadium on the fairgrounds. Hansen’s plan calls for tearing out the old grandstands and eliminating 800 parking spots to build the new stadium by March 2016. It’s ambitious […]

  • Exclusive: Savers employee reports signs of alleged abuse before death of Ogden toddler

    WEBER COUNTY, Utah — It’s been one week since police say a toddler was murdered in an Ogden motel, allegedly by the mother’s boyfriend. Now, two women who saw the child before her death are speaking out. They believe police should have stepped in sooner and the death could have been prevented. The two women worked together at a Savers Thrift Store, located at 3833 Washington Blvd. The baby was with her mother, two brothers and boyfriend Adam Barney shopping […]

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